The Boot News Roundup: Kacey Musgraves Will Guest Judge on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ + More
Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
Country star Kacey Musgraves will take her rhinestone-studded talents to the fourth installation of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Musgraves is set to serve as a guest judge on the show, which will premiere on VH1 on Dec. 14. "Gonna be yee-hawwin, jaw-droppin’, tea-spillin’ and weave snatchin’ on @rupaulsdragrace #AllStars4," Musgraves writes her Instagram account. There's no word yet about which episode Musgraves will judge.
Scotty McCreery was the recipient of the National Song of the Year award at the 2018 Carolina Beach Music Awards. McCreery won the honor for his 2018 song "Barefootin'," co-written with David Lee Murphy and Frank Rogers. “I was raised on beach music, so to be honored by the Carolina Beach Music Awards for National Song of the Year is really special,” McCreery says. “I had a lot of fun writing "Barefootin’" with David Lee and Frank, and I’m so happy that people are enjoying it."
Country a cappella group Home Free will hit the road again in 2019, having added a new slate of dates to their Timeless World Tour. Before the end of next year, the band will have performed more than 140 dates in 14 countries, according to a press release. Home Free will kick off the newest leg of the Timeless Tour on Feb. 28 in Chattanooga, Tenn., then will hit California, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, North Carolina and more states before concluding in Mobile, Ala. on May 11. Tickets for the tour are on sale to the general public on Nov. 16 at 10AM local time.
Also in touring news, Anderson East has announced that he'll continue his Encore World Tour in 2019, with an additional 17 dates added across the country. East will kick off the new leg of the trek in Houston, Texas, on Dec. 6, then will continue out on the road until March 3, when he concludes the tour at the Queen in Wilmington, Del. East will be joined out on the road by Katie Pruitt, Susto and the Brummies, and Lucie Silvas as support acts. Tickets for the newly announced dates are on sale on Nov. 16 at 10AM local time.
On Nov. 20, Tracy Lawrence will host his Mission Possible Turkey Fry for the 13th year in Nashville. The event will feature Lawrence and a host of volunteers frying up more than 500 donated turkeys and preparing sides to provide "hundreds" of meals to people in need in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, according to Country Music Tattletale. Once the turkeys are fried and the people are served, Lawrence will take the stage for a concert, starting at 7PM, which will also feature performances from Eric Paslay, Doug McCormick, Halfway to Hazard and Bristyn Camp.
Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Chris Stapleton are set to headline the 2019 Country Thunder Wisconsin music festival. Michael Ray, Ashley McBryde, High Valley, LoCash, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Lindsay Ell and more artists are also set to perform at the festival, set for July 18-21 in Twin Lakes, Wisc. Another top-secret headliner for the fest is expected to be announced in January, and tickets are on sale now.